Brief History and Intention
While the group no longer meets, the site is still maintained to provide information on local resources for transgender care. The following statement was drafted by the group and provides an introduction to the purpose of this site:
The transgender care group began in the late 1990s ago in response to the need for care of our transgendered population in the central New York area.
Prior to the formation of this group, the Human Sexuality Program of Syracuse was in existence, working in conjunction with Syracuse University and the SUNY Health Science Center. The program was designed to provide treatment, training, and research into human sexuality issues in general. Physicians, therapists, and surgeons were working together to offer solutions to human sexual relationship problems, and eventually extended those services to transgendered clients.
Syracuse’s University Hospital was the site of some of the first transsexual surgeries that were being performed in our area during the 1970’s.
The transgender care group was birthed in recognition of the prominence of transgender people in the Syracuse area and surrounding central New York communities. Our team presently consists of an internist, pediatrician, pharmacist/FTM advisor, psychotherapists, and voice therapist. We subscribe to the WPATH (formerly, Harry Benjamin) Standards of Care as the framework for our protocol. Our purpose is to provide a network of professional resources in our geographic region, which would allow transgender persons options for care locally.
The need for more physicians, psychologists/psychiatrists and other healthcare providers to get involved is of an immediate concern. We acknowledge the fact that this is indeed a medical condition which may begin at a very early age in child development but not come to a resolution until later in life, depending on the circumstances. Hormone replacement therapy and sex reassignment may or may not be the path chosen. Our intention is to assist people with this life challenge in hopes of accelerating their ability to cope and exist in a world of diverse social changes and be able to live as healthy, happy, and productive individuals.